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Joint Communiqué: World Reconstruction Conference 3, 6-8 June 2017, Brussels

Brussels, 8 June 2017/ EC/ WB/ UNDP/ ACP: More than 800 participants from civil society, national and local governments, academia, the private sector and international organisations from around the world gathered in Brussels from 6-8 June 2017 for the Third Edition of the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3).

US$12 million in loans to support thousands of small businesses quarrying ‘Development Minerals’ in Africa

Brussels, 8 June 2017/ ACP-EU DevMin/ ACP: Five thousand micro, small and medium scale ‘Development Minerals’ operators will now have access to more affordable finance as a result of a partnership between the African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Ltd (AGF), the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

EU and ACP Group of 79 countries press ahead on Paris implementation, call on global community to maintain climate efforts

Brussels, 2 June 2017/ ACP/ EC: The European Union and the ACP Group of States, which represents African, Caribbean and Pacific developing countries, today reaffirmed their commitment to full implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and called on the global community to maintain the momentum for ambitious action.
 

ACP Group signs MoU with Estonia Government for cooperation in the field of E-governance

Tallinn, Estonia, 31 May 2017/ ACP: The ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes and the Prime Minister of Estonia H.E. Mr. Jüri Ratas today signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the margins of the 2017 Tallinn Conference on E-Governance, on behalf of the ACP Group of States and the Government of Estonia.

EU and 79 African, Caribbean, Pacific countries in joint push to defend and implement global climate deal

Bonn, 18 May 2017/ DG CLIMA/ ACP: The European Union and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific developing countries, who together make up more than half of the signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, today reaffirmed their strong and steadfast commitment to full implementation of the agreement, urging all partners to keep up the momentum created in 2015.

ACP-EC-UN-Habitat partnership announces USD 11 million for improving life in slums

Nairobi, 10 May 2017/ UNHABITAT/ ACP: A new USD 11 million has been secured for the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme to empower African, Caribbean and Pacific countries transform the living conditions of slum dwellers.

DECISIONS, RESOLUTIONS - 105TH SESSION OF THE ACP COUNCIL OF MINISTERS, 3-4 MAY 2017, BRUSSELS

DECISIONS 
 
No. 1 REVIEW OF THE GEORGETOWN AGREEMENT
No. 2 POST-COTONOU AGREEMENT
No. 3 THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN HAITI
 
RESOLUTIONS
 
No. 1 ACP AGRICULTURAL COMMODITY TRADE AND SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
No. 2 ACP-EU ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS (EPAs)
No. 3 SUPPORT FOR ACP MEMBER STATES ON THE UPCOMING UN-WTO AND WHO

ACP Group of States refines its vision for future relations with EU and world

Brussels, 5 May 2017/ ACP: The Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States closed its 105th session with two key decisions that will influence how the bloc of 79 countries will carve out a more effective role in the international arena.

Opening ceremony of the 105th session of the ACP Council of Ministers

Brussels, 3 May 2017/ ACP: The 105th session of the ACP Council of Ministers was opened today in Brussels, gathering high level officials from the 79 member states of the ACP Group to discuss and take decisions on major issues of common concern and interest. 

The 105th session of Council is presided over by the Minister of Finance and Cooperation of Ethiopia Dr. Abraham Tekeste. 

Following opening remarks by the ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes, the President-in-Office of the United Nations General Assembly, Amb. Peter Thomson of Fiji addressed the Council of Ministers as a special invited guest.

Statement by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson at the opening ceremony of the 105th session of the ACP Council of Ministers, Brussels, 3 May 2017

Honorable Ministers

H.E. Dr. Patrick I. GOMES, Secretary-General of the ACP Group,

H.E. Dr. Abraham TEKESTE, Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, President in Office of Council

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to be here today in Brussels to address the 105th Session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.


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